We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!

You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.

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Thursday Birders

Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day. For a short history of the Thursday Birders and species seen over the years, visit our “About Thursday Birders” page.



Planned trip to the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course has been cancelled due to expected bad weather.


Thanksgiving, so no trip planned.


Calabacillas Arroyo

Walk in the Calabacillas Arroyo area with Sarah and Tom Peterson: 505-228-8091, The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the west side of the Rio Grande River. The area is reached by driving north on Coors, past Paseo Del Norte and Irving Boulevard, turning east on Westside Drive. Westside Drive is the first right 0.28 miles north of Irving Boulevard. Follow Westside Drive about 0.2 mile to an open gate on the left. Go through the gate and down the arroyo to the parking area. If driving south on Coors from Corrales or Alameda, get in the left lane and turn onto Westside Drive. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.



Walk in Poblanos Fields Open Space with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the open space parking lot. To reach the parking lot turn north from Montano Boulevard onto Tierra Viva Place, east of the Rio Grande River. It will be an easy one mile walk ending at 11:00 a.m. From there the group will drive to the First Unitarian Church at 3701 Carlisle NE, located on the southwest corner of Carlisle and Comanche NE, for the holiday pot luck in the church’s Memorial Hall. The parking lot is on Comanche. Rebecca Gracey will be hosting the event, 505-362-5095, Please bring your favorite holiday foods, and Rebecca will furnish the drinks (sparkling fruit juices, sparkling water, beer, wine, and iced tea). The lunch should be over by 2:30 p.m.


Pueblo Montano Open Space

Visit Pueblo Montano Open Space for a walk along the bosque with Pauline and Bernie Morris: 505-369-1227, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano and one block east of Coors. It can be accessed from either street. The parking lot is small, so some people may find it necessary to park in the nearby shopping center on the south. This will be a two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.


Sandia Mountain Christmas Bird Count – Bear Canyon

Participate in the Sandia Mountain Christmas Bird Count by counting birds in Bear Canyon, led by Joe Schelling: 505-205-7820, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Michial M. Emery Bear Canyon Trailhead parking lot east of Tramway on Spain. Spain is north of Montgomery and south of Paseo del Norte. At the east end of Spain, turn right on High Desert Place a short distance to the parking lot. Participants will walk a two-mile loop and should be through with the count by 11:30 a.m. Join other participants in the Sandia Mountain Christmas Bird Count at O’Niell’s Pub for the after-count compilation dinner from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The pub is located at 3301 Juan Tabo Boulevard between Comanche and Candelaria NE.


Alameda Open Space

Walk in the Alameda Open Space in the North Valley with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Open Space parking lot on the south side of Alameda Boulevard, just east of the Rio Grande River. The one-mile walk will end before 12:00 p.m.


Torrance County Raptors

Drive to see raptors on the eastern plains of Torrance County with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, Meet at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the Tijeras Senior Center on NM 333/Rt. 66. To reach the parking area, turn north on Tijeras Avenue, just west of the Tijeras Library. A secondary meeting place is the Pilot Travel Center located on north NM 41 after taking the second Moriarty exit from I-40. Meet there at 9:00 a.m. The group will drive south of Moriarty on NM 41 and then east and west on Clements Road to look for raptors. Lunch will be at Chili Hills, on the far west side of Moriarty, just east of the Motel 6. The group should be back in Tijeras by 3:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.


Copper Trailhead Open Space

Hike the Copper Trailhead Open Space at the east end of Copper Avenue NE, east of Tramway Boulevard, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains with Barbara Hussey: 505-385-1165, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the small parking area. There is also parking along Copper. The one-mile walk winds uphill and downhill on disintegrating granite, so a walking stick might be helpful. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.


Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area

Visit the Belen Marsh and Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson and University Boulevard SE or 9:30 at the Belen Marsh. To reach the marsh, take the first Belen exit from I-25, Exit 195. Then drive east one mile, turning south at the Taco Bell and parking in that parking lot. After birding at the marsh, the group will visit WWCA on NM 47 on the east side of the Rio Grande. The walk will be 1.5 miles in length. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $4 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 1:00 p.m.


Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area

Tour the Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area, part of the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex, with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, Meet at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites located on the north side of Gibson and west side of University Boulevard SE. If you are not going to this meet-up location, please call Ken to let him know that you will meet the group at Bernardo. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m. Directions: Drive south on I-25 approximately 51 miles to exit 175 Bernardo-Mountainair (US 60E). Proceed east for a short distance and then turn north on NM 116 at the intersection just east of the I-25 overpass. Follow NM 116 north for 1.7 miles to the wildlife area entrance on the right where the group will meet. Car pooling is encouraged.


Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson SE. A secondary meeting place will be the McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. Please tell Judy by February 5 if you plan to meet the group in Socorro. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 5:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.


El Oso Grande Park

Gather in the El Oso Grande Park and walk the Bear Canyon Recreation Trail with Glenda and Jim Morling: 269-420-8322, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking area just north of the CNM parking lot off Morris; east of Eubank and north of Montgomery Boulevard NE. The one mile walk will end before 12:00 p.m.


Willow Creek Bosque

Walk in the Willow Creek Bosque in the Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space with Ginny Davis: 719-229-4432, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the open space parking lot. For people not driving from the west side of the river, go north on I-25 and take the exit to Bernalillo/US 550. Drive west on 550 to the traffic light at NM 528. Turn south on 528 for 1.8 miles. Turn east at the traffic light on Willow Creek Road. Drive three blocks past Spruce Mountain Loop, turning left on the unpaved road down the arroyo to the parking lot. The one-mile walk will end before 12:00 p.m.


Tingley Bosque Ponds

Walk around the Tingley bosque ponds with Sara Jayne Cole: 505-503-5599, Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the north end of the Tingley Beach parking lot. To reach the area, drive west on Central Avenue past Rio Grande Boulevard, then turn left on Tingley Drive. Take the first right from Tingley Drive, and then turn right again to the dirt overflow parking lot. This leaves the few parking spots by the concession stand for people who want to fish. The walk will be about one mile in length and will end before 12:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.

CNMAS Field Trips

CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sumner Lake State Park

Christopher Rustay,

This is a small vagrant trap and mid-to late- September is a good time to find a number of unusual migrants in New Mexico. We will visit areas below the dam at Sumner Lake and also scan the lake from a variety of locations looking for interesting water birds. This is a great time for unusual birds, such as Sabine’s Gull and Common Tern. For those wanting a bit more, there is the possibility of visiting Bosque Redondo in the afternoon and/or other woodlots in the area around Fort Sumner. We will meet at 7 a.m. at the east side entrance to the Sumner Lake State Park by the large sign just off Highway 203. Please remember that either an annual pass or a one-day pass ($5 purchase) is needed to access the park. Please notify Christopher more than a week in advance, so he can coordinate those interested in car-pooling. The trip includes a small amount of walking on dirt roads and perhaps a bit of off-trail hiking, but not much. Most areas will be accessible by car.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Birds and Balloons Kayaking Trip

Join Kim Score for a sunrise birding river trip to witness the hot air balloon ascension from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is an 8.5-mile canoeing and kayaking adventure along the Rio Grande from the North Corrales bosque to the Alameda bridge. Our group will be on the water for 3.5 hours (7–10:30 a.m.), ear birding and eBirding our way through the Corrales bosque, an Audubon Important Bird Area. On past trips we’ve found more than 50 species of birds.

Kim is contracting with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, which will provide the passenger shuttling, canoes, kayaks (your choice), life vests and safety and instructional training. Cost per person is $80, which also includes a breakfast bar at the office and a hearty brunch on the water. If you bring your own watercraft, there is a $10 discount. Visit their website for more info:

We will meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Quiet Waters office to enjoy breakfast and begin our video training. We will then load up and be shuttled to the starting location for a 7 a.m. put-in. The trip should wrap up by 11:30 a.m. Feel free to contact Kim with specific questions. The maximum group limit is 15 people. These trips are very popular and fill up fast, so RSVP with Kim by Saturday, September 21 to reserve your slot. Once RSVP’d, she will send further instructions for payment with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures.

If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.

Other Birding Opportunities

But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.

Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks

Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am

w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.

For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.


Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks

Every third Saturday of the month

w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website:


Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition

Click the link for a PDF of the Bird Watching Guide for Albuquerque produced by the Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition.


Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips

Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.